Gov. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Wyman Highlight Equal Pay Day, Call for Legislative Action
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman today highlighted Equal Pay Day and called on the legislature to pass the Governor’s pay equity proposal, Senate Bill 15, An Act Concerning Fair and Equal Pay for Equal Work. Equal Pay Day, which falls on April 10, marks how far an average woman must work into the year in order to equal an average man’s earnings in the previous year.
“It is unconscionable that in 2018, Hispanic women earn just 54 cents and black women earn just 63 cents for every dollar a white man earns,” Governor Malloy said. “This is an issue of fundamental economic fairness that hurts families and leads to greater societal inequities for women and people of color. The bill I have proposed this year would ban the practice of asking for salary history before an offer is made – which can disproportionately ensure that women who were underpaid at their first job continue to be underpaid throughout their careers. It would be a real and substantive step toward pay equity in our state, and I hope the legislature will take action this year on this commonsense proposal.”
“Closing the gender wage gap is an economic imperative and a matter of basic fairness,” Lt. Governor Wyman said. “Many factors support ongoing wage discrimination – for each that goes unaddressed, we have women and families bearing the brunt of a system stacked against them. Connecticut must continue progress to strengthen the economic security of our working families by passing the Governor’s pay equity proposal.”
In 2015, Governor Malloy signed legislation he proposed to halt “pay secrecy” – a practice among employers that frequently hinders pay discrimination from being pinpointed.